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Jun 08

Vacations – Investing in Yourself

Many people’s financial plans emphasize frugality today for prosperity tomorrow.

Preparing for the future is much easier when we’re enjoying the present.

There are many good reasons to take a vacation – taking some time away from the stresses of work and daily life to focus on spending time engaging in stimulating (or relaxing) activities with family members and friends in a new setting can recharge your batteries. It will give you added perspective on your life and work, and you’ll return to your regular routine invigorated and more productive. And your health can be greatly improved.

Prolonged periods of work without a vacation have been shown to have numerous medical consequences – people who are “all work and no play” become irritable and inattentive, and are more likely to have accidents on the job. They are at higher risk of cardiovascular problems, depression, anxiety, and other illnesses, both physical and mental.

Your financial plan should be flexible enough that you don’t need to save every last dollar you make for retirement. Life is about balance, just like vacations are about balance. By helping you make wise budgetary decisions, you achieve a balance by making judicious investments – in both your financial future and your happiness today.

Working with a financial planner will help you need to determine your individual needs and wants (such as going away on a family vacation). The financial planner will also assist in developing a a financial plan that fits your personality, and investment goals.